Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Spiritual Blacksmith in the United Methodist Church

 


My family name is saturated with images of fire. My Grandfather Thomas Harrison Phares was a blacksmith. He stirred the coals into flame in order to work with the metals he shaped. A blacksmith balances the fuel and air in the fire to suit particular kinds of work. Often this involves adjusting and maintaining the shape of the fire. Stir the Fire Ministry continues this tradition balancing the fire and wind of God to reshape the United Methodist Church in the forge of revival! I am committed to being a spiritual blacksmith in this time in our history.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Don't Let the Fire Go Out in the Methodist Church

 In 1979 God called me to be an evangelist. I was on a Holy Land tour with Pastor Robert A. Shelley and we were in Bethlehem. On a rooftop overlooking Shepherd's Field, I heard the voice of God in my spirit say, "I am calling you to be an evangelist. Do not let the fire go out in the Methodist Church!" Pastor Shelley knew that something significant was happening to me and asked me what did I hear? When I told him what the Lord had said to me Pastor Shelley said, "Yes, that is your gift and I witness in my spirit that you should do it!"

During my years as a Methodist minister, I had the privilege of serving as a Conference Evangelist for four years, two years as a Missionary Evangelist in Living Sound International, and four years as a Missionary Evangelist to Zambia. Even when I served as a pastor of local United Methodist churches I was known as a pastor/evangelist preaching in campmeetings, revivals, retreats, and seminars. For a total of forty years, I remained true to my evangelist call received in Bethlehem, Israel.

For the last two years, I thought those days were in the past but on Sunday I sensed God's Spirit blowing on the embers. The name of my evangelism ministry in the United Methodist Church was called STIR THE FIRE MINISTRY. I have been saddened by the direction and decline of the United Methodist Church. The denomination has drifted farther and farther away from its spiritual heritage. Our evangelical zeal has waned. The denomination is not going to survive the inevitable division. Even in the midst of moving in that direction, meaningful ministry is happening in congregations and communities.

Revival can break forth! New life can emerge. Coals that once burned brightly can be stirred to renewed flame! Now is the time to "Stir the Fire!" I believe God is renewing the STIR THE FIRE MINISTRY for such a time as this! I sense the Holy Spirit blowing on the embers. I am committed to stirring the fire. I don't know how God will cause this to happen but I cannot escape the call, "Don't let the fire go out in the Methodist Church!" The call is stronger today than it was in Israel in 1979. I am asking for partners to join me as I restore Stir the Fire Ministry.

Sunday, August 22, 2021

When Will We Ever Learn?

Sigh! My heart aches and my spirit grieves for the families of our soldiers, air, and naval personnel who died in Afghanistan during the past twenty years. I am also broken-hearted for those injured physically, emotionally, and spiritually while doing their duty. Tonight I am angry because we are also reliving our departure from Vietnam. On April 30, 1975, the last few Americans still in South Vietnam were airlifted out of the country as Saigon fell to communist forces.

Where have all the soldiers gone, long time passing? Where have all the soldiers gone, long time ago? Where have all the soldiers gone? Gone to graveyards, everyone. Oh, when will they ever learn? Oh, when will WE ever learn?

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Could a Third Political Party Arise?

You may say I'm a dreamer...I've heard these words before. Today I have been dreaming of a nation, not led by one political party or the other but under the banner of the Kingdom of God. There are good parts in both of our political parties and well-intentioned leaders in each. Yet the differences have become so entrenched that it seems impossible to find common ground. What if there arose a new party whose platform is built on biblical Kingdom of God principles? The Bible speaks to social reform, economics, ethics, governing, justice, race relations, and much more. Imagine a leader whose every decision was made with prayer and Godly wisdom. Imagine a nation that lived under the blessing of God. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. Psalm 33:12

Monday, July 5, 2021

Time to Speak Truth in Love

As of this 4th of July weekend, I feel strongly that the time has come to speak truth in love and not hold back. I don't feel that I am supposed to push my beliefs on others but I know I can't worry about whether my convictions are received or rejected. If I believe God is leading me to speak on something concerning our nation, the church, or governments I am going to share it.

I am putting "The Gospel & Hymns of Charles Wesley" on pause for now. I will be posting other videos from time to time.

I believe we need a sure word of prophecy (2 Peter 1:19). God's Spirit is speaking to the present time and to things to come. I will be sharing insights from prophetic voices God has raised up in our generation. America has strayed from our Judeo-Christian foundation established by our Founding Fathers. It is not a political issue we face but a clash of two kingdoms, the kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness. "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance." Ps 33:12 "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people." Proverbs 14:34 America must return to what is right in God's sight.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Day Eight-The Gospel & Hymns of Charles Wesley

We continue to look and listen to the Charles Wesley hymn And Can It Be That I Should Gain. Wesley wrote this as one of the two hymns which followed his conversion in a home next to Aldersgate Street in London. This was three days prior to his brother John's conversion at a Society meeting on Aldersgate Street. The focus of this hymn is the free grace from God who emptied Himself of all but love and became a human and died for Adam's loss race. The original title of the hymn was Free Grace

The music ministry of Stuart Townend is featured in the Worship Video at the end of this Wednesday video.



Experiencing Revival Through a Hymn